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The Third Age.

A.M. 2108 [3474].

[A.M. 2168. B.C. 1836.] Isaac was 60 years old when he begat Esau and Jacob, the Patriarchs of the Idumsean and Israehtish nations: after their birth he Hved 120 years. At this time lived Inachus, the first king of Argos: he reigned 50 years,Io worshipped as Isis. and had a daughter lo, worshipped by the Egyptians, who have changed her name to Isis.

A.M. 2238 [3604].

Jacob in Egypt. Memphis. Jacob was 130 years old when he went down to Egypt, in number seventy souls. In his time Memphis in Egypt was built by Apes, king of the Argives. Also Sparta was built by SpartusSparta., son of Phoroneus, king of the Argives.

A.M. 2453 [3819].

Israel in Egypt 430 years. The habitation of Israel in Egypt lasted 430 years, at the end of which, on the same day, all the army of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt, as written in the book of Exodus: the sum total of these years is reckoned by chronologists from the seventy-fifth year of the birth of Abraham, when he entered the land of promise. In this they follow the Septuagint version, which says, "The habitation of the sons of Israel in Egypt and in the land of Canaan, both themselves and their fathers, was 430 years." And that this is the calculation which we must adopt, is shown by the Hebrew verity, which relates, that Kohath, son of Levi, who was born in Canaan, lived 133 years, and his son Amram, father of Moses, 137 years, and that Moses himself was 80 years old when they came out of Egypt; for the sum total of these numbers cannot be 430 years. The Apostle also assents to their interpretation, when he says, [Gal. iii. 16, 17,] "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not. And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed,